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OK2Ask'®: QR codes in the Classroom July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you noticed those funny little black squares everywhere and wondered...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Have you noticed those funny little black squares everywhere and wondered what they are? QR Codes allow users to access and share information quickly. Come learn the many ways that QR Codes can be used to increase student engagement in your classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Learn what QR Codes are and what they can do. Learn how to create and share them. Learn how QR codes can be used in the classroom. Browse and explore the various TF resources and create a QR code to share finds. Prerequisites: Must know how to download, name, and save a file from a web page. Must pre-install a QR code reader APP on your smartphone, iTouch, or tablet and have it with you during this session. I-Nigma Reader (free) - http://www.i-nigma.com/Downloadi-nigmaReader.html, Quick Mark (free) - http://www.quickmark.cn/En/basic/downloadMain.asp, Quick Scan ($.99) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quick-scan-pro-qr-barcode/id447752317?mt=8 Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): qr codes (20)

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Learn more about that "funny black square" and ways to use it in your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Great Ideas July, 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to inspire new ways of thinking about lessons, student learning, and the web. This session will briefly share the teacher-friendly features of TeachersFirst to help you save time and envision new ways for students to learn using the tools of the web. Participants will be encouraged to seek specific solutions and ask questions to meet their own classroom needs. It's OK2Ask '''®. This session for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Locate resources within TeachersFirst to provide real-world learning experiences for their students. Locate and evaluate effective, web-based tools and resources in support of teaching and learning, both for themselves and for their students. Evaluate TeachersFirst membership features applicable to their individual technology expertise and teaching situation. Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation by exploring TeachersFirst and/or asking live questions during the session. (Follow-up) Use the features of TeachersFirst's value-added reviews to plan technology. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

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Learn more about TeacherFirst and all of our FREE features. This session gives a wonderful overview of the entire site of approximately 16,000 resources. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®:Building Ethical Digital Citizens (including Copyright images) - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness of their digital footprint. Explore opportunities to teach ethical uses of online resources: citing, fair use of copyrighted/creative common images. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at beginner/intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Browse and explore sample class policies to develop your own student-centered, safe classroom policy. Explore resources and ideas to build student awareness of their digital footprint. Learn strategies to help students understand ethical use of online resources, such as citing and fair use of copyrighted/creative commons images. Discuss strategies to develop positive student "netiquette." (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom or position using one of the tools or strategies shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1d, 3a, 4a and c, 5d. Please read the full text at ISTE's Standards page. * The text of these standards is copyrighted.

tag(s): creative commons (17), digital citizenship (21)

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View this session to learn how to help your students understand digital citizenship, citing, fair use, and more. Use this webinar to learn more for your own professional (or personal) use. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Juggling the BYOD or 1:1 Classroom - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? Join this session to...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? Join this session to explore resources for the management of assignments, resources for students to use on their devices, and more. Whether you already part of a 1:1 (or BYOD) program or plan to implement one soon, this session is certain to help. Share ideas and experiences with others to shift a traditional classroom to a 1:1 experience. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore TeachersFirst, evaluating resources and original content to find ideas to use in your BYOD/1:1 classroom. Search and share resources and experiences for the management of activities and other concerns. Find and exchange ideas, challenges, and solutions with others through live discussion (via chat) during the session. Explore ideas and resources for students' "tech toolbox" including reviewed, device agnostic tools, well suited for BYOD or 1:1 classrooms. (Follow-Up) Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst resources to implement new strategies/resources in an upcoming lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page.

tag(s): classroom management (65)

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Teaching in a 1-1 classroom or BYOD (bring your own device) setting? Learn about ways to make your life easier. Hear interviews from experienced BYOD (or 1-1) teachers. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Go Google - Templates, Docs, and YouTube July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore some of the many Google templates that are ready to go and FREE....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore some of the many Google templates that are ready to go and FREE. Learn about templates designed specifically for education: Student Evaluations, Lesson Plans, Student Schedules, Project Planners, and countless others. Participants will have time to explore and begin to create their own document using one of the ready-made templates. Learn how to organize your own Google Drive/Docs. Learn ways to use YouTube in the classroom (even if it is blocked in your school). A question/answer period will also be available. Prerequisite: All participants MUST have a Google account. This session is appropriate for teachers at the intermediate technology comfort level. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various educational resources available using Google Templates. Browse and explore the ready-made templates. Select useful templates and begin their own personalized project. Learn useful tips to use YouTube in the classroom. Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google templates. (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the templates shared. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's Standard page

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Learn how Google Docs and templates can help you in your own classroom (and your students). Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'® Go Google - Searching, Gmail, Google Maps July 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Gmail, Google Calendar, Super Searching on Google, Google Maps, and...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from July 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Explore Gmail, Google Calendar, Super Searching on Google, Google Maps, and more. Explore ways to safely use Gmail in class. Learn how to use Google Calendar to get organized. Explore the world using Google Maps. Familiarize yourself with Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. Prerequisite: All participants MUST have a Google account. This session is for teachers at Beginner to Intermediate Technology Comfort Levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Find ways to incorporate both Google Calendar and Gmail in your classroom/position. Browse and explore Google Trends, Google Correlate, Blog Searches, and more. Learn about and navigate around Google Maps. (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared.

Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's standards page

tag(s): map skills (68), maps (234), organizational skills (87), search engines (58), search strategies (23)

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Get organized this year with Google Calendar. Learn about using gmail in your classroom. Take your students on a trip around the world - make them learn while they are having fun exploring! The possibilities are endless! Save yourself time searching using some of these search secrets shared during this session. Learn about search tools appropriate for even the youngest elementary students. Take a look at the resource page full of MANY great sites and ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Nourishing Gifted Through Technology in Any Classroom - Melissa Henning and Candace Hackett Shively

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These pages, originally the support pages for a presentation at the ISTE conference 2014, offer resources, tools, and tips to nourish the needs of gifted in your classroom, along with...more
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These pages, originally the support pages for a presentation at the ISTE conference 2014, offer resources, tools, and tips to nourish the needs of gifted in your classroom, along with sanity savers to organize your multitasking class and your oftentimes "scattered" gifted learners. Find a multitude of reviewed tools, resources, and connections available via technology, so gifted students can work with differentiated academic content, leverage technology to foster their creativity, join in digital collaborations to extend the curriculum through individual interests, and even establish digital "me-portfolios." Start with the Helpful Background, basics about gifted students, and move through several pages to help you plan appropriate activities for your gifted students-- and help them be involved in the planning, as well. The authors of this article are both experienced teachers of gifted, so their suggestions are based on practical experience, not just "theory."

tag(s): differentiation (23), gifted (78)

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Mark these pages in your Favorites as a reference whenever you have gifted students. These students may or may not be officially identified, but sometimes trying these strategies will save you and the student a lot of frustration. When it comes time to offer choices, share the handpicked tool collections in this article with your gifted students so they have a solid place to start. For more ideas about gifted, try the gifted tag in reviews, use a keyword search including the term "gifted," or browse for the subject "Gifted" in the TeachersFirst Subject/Grade pages.

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OK2Ask'®: Ready, Set, Summer May 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Find ways for both you and your students to stay fresh during the summer....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from May 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Find ways for both you and your students to stay fresh during the summer. Learn about some "Summer Sparklers" to share with your students and explore many timesaving tools for yourself: professional resources, communication and organization tools, plus classroom ideas. A question/answer period will be available. It's OK2Ask'®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various Professional Resources available at TeachersFirst: differentiating, professional development, time saving tools, latest tech for teaching, and more; Browse and explore the various ready to go activities for students to "stay fresh"; Locate materials relevant to his/her professional challenges or students' needs; (Follow-up) Find and use resources for both teachers and students to refresh and learn over the summer. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

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Keep you and your students fresh during the summer using the fabulous resources shared during this session. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Gifted Resources Galore April 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn new ways to meet the needs of your gifted students. Participants will...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn new ways to meet the needs of your gifted students. Participants will view and explore tools that offer enrichment, advancement, differentiation, promote organization and focus, and more. There will be a question/answer period to meet individual challenges. Use exploration time to discover and discuss TeachersFirst resources available to use with gifted students. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 6 -10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; Have individual questions/concerned addressed by both our experienced Gifted/Talented specialists and other participants; and (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable ISTE-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's page

tag(s): gifted (78), organizational skills (87)

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Having a hard time finding materials to enrich and advance your gifted students? Explore (and share) the many resources from this site. Share the organization tips/sites with your students. Share these resources on your class website for both students and parents to access. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series: Google Cool Tools - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn about the latest and greatest Google Cool Tools, plus some old favorites in this fast paced session. Explore basics such as Google Translate and Google Voice. Plus, delve into Hangouts, Orkut, and the newer features that Google has to offer. Time will be provided for individual exploration. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask'''®. This fast paced session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate to advanced technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore Google Translate, Google Voice, Hangouts, and Orkut and learn a few teaching features; Evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum; Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using Google Cool Tools; Learn about the latest tools that Google has to offer; Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems, and (Follow-Up) Create a project for your class (or position) using one of the tools shared during the session. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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Explore various Cool Tools in this session. Learn ways to implement these tools in your classroom. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Specialized for Special Needs April 2014 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from April 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Learn how to adapt your teaching for your students' special needs using TeachersFirst resources. Participants will view and explore tools to help students needing emotional support, learning support, speech/language support, autistic support, ESL assistance, and more. Find resources that promote organization, focus, and differentiated learning. Use exploration time to discover and discuss how selected resources can be utilized in your classroom. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring at least 6 -10 specialized resources on TeachersFirst; Explore and practice with selected resources; Investigate and discuss lesson ideas offered in reviews and by other participants; List and discuss other curriculum related projects or activities that could be done using the resources in the teacher's own teaching situation; and (Follow-up) Implement one of the provided resources into an upcoming teaching unit or lesson. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a, b, c; 2a, b, c, d; 3b, c, d; 4c. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

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Explore ideas to use with your learning support, autistic, ESL/ELL students, and other special needs. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Introduction to Writing with Common Core - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Writing is an important and powerful way to build and assess student understanding....more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Writing is an important and powerful way to build and assess student understanding. This fast paced session will help you find ideas and resources to implement Common Core ELA/Writing and science or social studies literacy standards as part of writing across your curriculum. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore a sampling of web-based writing tools and resources, including Common Core-appropriate writing prompts, word choice/vocabulary resources, common error help, tools for citations and research, writing templates, and more; Refer to Common Core to guide in selection of appropriate resources; Locate specific TeachersFirst writing resources appropriate for the his/her subject and grade level; Consider possible writing projects or activities that students can do in his/her classes using web-based resources; and (followup) Implement Common Core appropriate writing lesson(s) with students using web-based tools. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1c, 2a, c; 3a, b, d. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page

tag(s): commoncore (91), writing (314)

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Having trouble finding great writing resources for your classroom? Take your writing to the next level using the resources shared during this session. Learn more about the Common Core and how to implement the standards in your writing lessons. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Common Core Math Ideas K-8 - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Discover TeachersFirst to energize and strengthen teaching of Common Core Math Standards in the classroom. Participants will view and explore new resources for lesson planning, student use, and collaboration with a focus on understanding and developing math concepts as well as the use of writing in the math classroom. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels. As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Gather ideas by exploring 10-15 math resources located on TeachersFirst, Investigate and discuss lesson ideas, student resource, and Common Core resources offered in the reviews and by other teachers in this online session; List possible curriculum-related projects or activities that students could do in his/her classes using one of these resources; Explore and practice with the resource(s) of choice.; and (follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit.

tag(s): commoncore (91)

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Find new ideas to energize your math curriculum and excite your students. Learn more about the Common Core standards. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask'®: Google 6-Part Series: GoogleEarth and Maps - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Take your lessons INTO the world using GoogleEarth and Maps. This session...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional development session from March 2014, opens in Adobe Connect. Take your lessons INTO the world using GoogleEarth and Maps. This session will introduce you to GoogleEarth and Maps, demonstrate and evaluate various tools available, offer advanced support to those already using GoogleEarth and maps, provide time for individual exploration, and more. A question/answer period will be available to help with individual questions. It's OK2Ask. This session is appropriate for teachers at the Intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore GoogleEarth and Google Maps and learn a few teaching features. They will evaluate selected tools available for use in your curriculum. Explore topics and lesson ideas that could be enhanced using GoogleEarth and Maps. Learn how to create a basic GoogleEarth placemarker. Find solutions to individual questions or practical problems. (Follow-up) Create a Google Maps or Earth project for your classroom. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d

tag(s): map skills (68), maps (234)

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Learn more about Google Maps and Google Earth. Explore sites to use with your class. Take your students on a virtual field trip around the world. Find resources to use these mapping tools in literature, math, social studies, art, and more. Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas and sites to explore!
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OK2Ask''®: Juggling the BYOD or 1:1 Classroom - February 2014 - TeachersFirst

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Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? Join this session to explore resources for the management of assignments, resources for students to use on their devices, and ...more
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Are you trying to "juggle" the BYOD or 1:1 classroom? Join this session to explore resources for the management of assignments, resources for students to use on their devices, and more. Whether you already part of a 1:1 (or BYOD) program or plan to implement one soon, this session is certain to help. Share ideas and experiences with others to shift a traditional classroom to a 1:1 experience. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore TeachersFirst, evaluating resources and original content to find ideas to use in your BYOD/1:1 classroom, Search and share resources and experiences for the management of activities and other concerns, Find and exchange ideas, challenges, and solutions with others through live discussion (via chat) during the session, Explore ideas and resources for students' "tech toolbox" including reviewed, device agnostic tools, well suited for BYOD or 1:1 classrooms, and (Follow-Up) Use selected solutions from this session and/or TeachersFirst resources to implement new strategies/resources in an upcoming lesson.

tag(s): classroom management (65), DAT device agnostic tool (61)

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View this archived webinar to learn some new ideas to implement in your byod/1:1 classroom. Take a look at the resource page to view all sites/resources shared. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask''®: Google 6 Part Series (Part 4): Using Google Templates - TeachersFirst

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Explore some of the many Google templates that are ready to go and FREE. Learn about templates designed specifically for education: Student Evaluations, Lesson Plans, Student Schedules,...more
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Explore some of the many Google templates that are ready to go and FREE. Learn about templates designed specifically for education: Student Evaluations, Lesson Plans, Student Schedules, Project Planners, and countless others. Participants will have time to explore and begin to create their own document using one of the ready-made templates. A question/answer period will also be available. Prerequisite: All participants MUST have a Google account. This session is appropriate for teachers at the intermediate technology comfort level.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various educational resources available using Google Templates, Browse and explore the ready-made templates, Learn timesaving strategies for using the templates, Select useful templates and begin their own personalized project, Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google templates, and (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the templates shared. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

tag(s): organizational skills (87)

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View this archived webinar to learn the FREE templates available through Google. Get your students (or yourself) organized using these templates. Take a look at the resource page full of wonderful resources! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Read, Tell, and Sell: CCSS through student book promotions - TeachersFirst

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Promote books beyond traditional book reports and at the same time work toward Common Core Standards in Speaking and Listening. This article includes suggestions, step by step strategies,...more
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Promote books beyond traditional book reports and at the same time work toward Common Core Standards in Speaking and Listening. This article includes suggestions, step by step strategies, resources, and tips--from tech-savvy to low-tech or no tech--so your students can promote books and build CCSS skills as they contribute to their community of readers and writers. Want to know more about implementing Common Core? See the full series of articles, read-alouds, and more here.

tag(s): book reports (30), commoncore (91), listening (77), process writing (31), speaking (17)

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Save this article in your Favorites to have it ready. Use the comprehensive tips and resources to have students create book promotions as your next (traditional or digital) writing activity as part of your usual reading activities. Let this reading and writing activity do double duty to meet speaking and listening standards, too!
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OK2Ask''®: Be The Best: Professional Resources from TeachersFirst - TeachersFirst

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Discover the vast professional resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore the timesaving (and easy to use) tools for differentiating, reading resources, rubrics, timesavers, and...more
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Discover the vast professional resources available at TeachersFirst. Explore the timesaving (and easy to use) tools for differentiating, reading resources, rubrics, timesavers, and more. Browse through "must-know" professional topics such as cyber bullying and copyright. Navigate the treasure-filled professional section of TeachersFirst. This session is for teachers at ALL technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various online professional tools and articles available at TeachersFirst. Find ways to save time using TeachersFirst for planning lessons. Explore to find materials relevant to your own classroom needs. (Follow-up) Plan and implement a student-centered, curriculum-related use of the resource(s) of choice as part of an upcoming teaching unit. Or plan how to use a professional tool (or article) to improve learning in your own classroom. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1b, 2a and b, 3d * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

tag(s): copyright (46), cyberbullying (31), differentiation (23), rubrics (25)

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Not overly familiar with the FREE professional resources available at TeachersFirst? This is a great introduction. Learn about our tools for differentiating, reading resources, rubrics, timesavers. Find the important professional topics: cyber bullying, copyright, and more. Share the resources page with a friend. Or better yet, view this archived webinar together! Take a look at the resource page full of GREAT ideas! >. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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OK2Ask''®: Building Ethical Digital Citizens (including Copyright images) January 2014 - TeachersFirst

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Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness of their digital footprint. Explore opportunities to teach ethical uses of online resources. Learn more...more
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Learn more about resources (and ideas) to help increase your students' awareness of their digital footprint. Explore opportunities to teach ethical uses of online resources. Learn more about citing and fair use of copyrighted/creative common images. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at beginner/intermediate technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Browse and explore sample class policies to develop your own student-centered, safe classroom policy, Explore resources and ideas to build student awareness of their digital footprint, Learn strategies to help students understand ethical use of online resources, such as citing and fair use of copyrighted/creative commons images, Discuss strategies to develop positive student "netiquette.," and (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom or position using one of the tools or strategies shared. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1d, 3a, 4a and c, 5d. * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

tag(s): copyright (46), digital citizenship (21)

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View this archived webinar to learn ways to make your students better digital citizens. Share with your students the information about citing, fair use of copyrighted/creative common images, and more. Take a look at the resource page for a complete list of tools shared during the session! Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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Ok2Ask'®: Google Six Series (part 3): Google for Every Classroom January 2014 - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Explore some of the many Google treasures for your classroom. Learn more about various sites owned by Google, Google Video Chat, Google Translate, YouTube in the classroom, and more!...more
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Explore some of the many Google treasures for your classroom. Learn more about various sites owned by Google, Google Video Chat, Google Translate, YouTube in the classroom, and more! Learn more about these "simple to use" sites in this fast paced session. Participants will be given time to explore. A question/answer period will also be available. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology comfort levels.

As a result of this session and through individual follow-up, teachers will: Explore the various educational resources available for using Google in the classroom. Browse and explore the benefits of using YouTube'® (owned by Google) for education. Learn time saving Google tricks including Google Translate, Google Video Chat, and more, Find online tools (by Google) to use to create, organize, and save time, Explore the many resources on TeachersFirst related to Google's offerings, and (Follow-up) Create a lesson for your own classroom (or position) using one of the Google tools shared. Applicable NETS-T standards (2008)*: 1a and b, 2b and c, 3a and d. * The text of these standards is copyrighted. Please read the full text at ISTE's NETS-T page.

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View this archived webinar to learn how to bring Google into your classroom. Learn about using Google Video, Google Translate, YouTube and more. Take a look at the resource page for more information. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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